Squamish riders dominate the final stage to cement their top GC positions
Whilst stage wins from repeat champion Dwayne Kress were expected this season, his teammates at Challenge by Choice have followed in his slipstream to dominate this season across the board. They managed to take home all but one of the General classifications with Rua Read being pushed into second in the Women’s A classification by Kelly Knowles, as well as a green Points jersey for Renee Brickner (Jerseys are unfortunately only of the virtual variety). Whilst Kress & Richard Savage were already assured of their wins in the Men’s A and C classifications respectively the winning margins were much tighter elsewhere.
Despite some commentators (*cough*) writing off Grant Wilburn’s chances of overhauling the Men’s B leader Peter Kocher (Ride Brooklyn) in the final stage, Wilburn finished his season off in style to collect the maximum 33 points for the stage win and a Personal Best time on the OTT in 39:35.5; beating his previous best of 39:41.5 from stage 8. This was enough to give him the GC win by 4 points ahead of Kocher. Brent Rosvald’s (Ascent Performance Lab, Canmore) 4th place on the stage was enough to see him finish 3rd overall with 169 points, 20 behind Kocher. The stage honours behind Wilburn went to SBR Coaching’s David Mott & Bill Martin who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
There was also a chance that the leader from stage 11 would be overhauled at the last in the women’s B classification. Jane Pannell lead her Challenge by Choice teammate Louise Chamberlain by 5 points going into the stage but despite her rival’s best efforts (Chamberlain finished 3rd on the stage and set a PB) Pannell stormed to the stage win in 46:15.9 and took the PB bonus points for good measure to secure the final victory by 13 points. Peak Centre Vancouver’s Chris Cox has finished the season strongly and took second on the stage to make it two podiums out of three in the last few weeks.
Whilst the GC honours were settled in the other classifications, there were still stage honours and podium spots up for grabs. Sean Anderson (SBR Coaching, Verona) has been Kress’ closest challenger week-on-week this season and was second for the 3rd time in 4 stages to round off his strong season with second overall. Matin Caron (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) was 3rd on the stage and finishes 7th overall.
Neither of the two overall leaders in the women’s classification Kelly Knowles (Peak Centre, Vancouver) and Rua Read (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) were present on the final stage but the fight for the final podium spot was on. Grace Menning (Peak Centre, Vancouver) as grown stronger as the season has gone on and finished it in the best possible way; her first stage win and a PB to boot, finishing in 42:14.6. She fought off Summer Ohlendorf (SBR Coaching, Verona) for 3rd overall, but whilst Ohlendorf may not have reached the overall podium she came in 3rd on the stage to match her best finish since stage 1. Di Adams (Challenge by Choice, Squamish) was 2nd on the stage and finishes 8th overall.
There has been no stopping Richard Savage in recent weeks in the Men’s C classification and he matched his overall victory with his 3rd stage win in a row in a time of 40:14.1. He was followed home by his teammate Jim Harvey and Peak Centre Vancouver’s Peter Kreuk who walked all over his previous best finish of 9th to come home 3rd. Jeremy Kehoe (The Bike Hub, Norwich) and Mark Boothroyd (Peak Centre, Vancouver) rounded out the podium spots behind Savage.
With the regular season coming to a close only the Team Time Trial remains in the coming weeks. Teams of four riders will use drafting and teamwork to set the fastest time as a team over the same course as this week. Will the overall course records be challenged?
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